I managed to transfer my HSV1 to a finger two years ago. I haven't had any pain the last two years except for occasional flare-ups when I did something hand-intensive such as golf or tennis once in awhile. I've had to stop those sports entirely because the nerves in my right hand became very agitated over time which now seems to cause an upper-body nerve flare-up in general that involves my arm and neck.
In the last month, the ring finger on my right hand has been stiff at night/early morning and can't bend all the way without achiness at any time during the day. Even all my fingertip pads on right hand are more sensitive than usual right now. Right wrist is slightly achy as well.
I'm pretty sure this virus has worn down the nerves and tissue in this finger. A week ago I took some Acyclovir (800 mg 3/day for about 2 1/2 days) thinking I could at least get the virus under control, so my body could heal itself over time. Though the meds made me feel much better in my hand and overall gave me more energy, my ring finger still seemed really stiff and achy, if not moreso than before meds. I stopped the meds because I started getting scared my joint would enlarge and really be beyond help. When I stopped the meds, I felt very fatigued and achy for about three days and felt as though the virus was running rampant in upper body. Now I'm thinking I should have stayed the course with the meds.
Prior to this recent situation, I hadn't been on anti-virals in about a year when I didn't have any joint issues then. Would Acyclovir agitate a joint normally over just three days? I picture a little battle scene in my joint between the meds (good guys) and virus (bad guys) that might worsen the inflammation initially. Should I have given the meds a week or two for my body to acclimate? I've never broken a bone, and to my recollection, I've never injured my right hand at all. I do know I spread this virus to this hand however two years ago. Doctor wants to test me for Lupus and RA as a precaution, even though I mentioned HSV concern, which I'll do just for peace of mind.
Any suggestions? Should I try longer timeframe on Acyclovir? Should I try Famvir as an alternative? Valtrex makes my body feel like a buzzing electrical current, so that active ingredient just may not work for me. Does anyone have athritis from HSV1? I can't believe it took just two years to evolve into a stiff finger joint. Otherwise, I'm a healthy 37 year old adult without any pre-disposition to diseases based on family history. Any suggestions on HSV-friendly doctor in San Jose/Bay area?
In the meantime, just need to keep my head focused on a happy place while I get this virus under control But I am bummed Ohio State lost tonight...